New York - Echoes of a Little Cock, Arkansas waitress' tongue-in-cheek apologia over Bill Clinton's Lewinsky escapade come to mind this weekend.
News that IMF CEO Dominique Strauss-Khan has been charged with 'a criminal sex act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment' have been met with stunned disbelief.
The banker (sic) was to have chaired Monday's EU finance ministers' meeting about bail-out plans for Greece and Portugal.
Now a special Sunday sitting of a New York state court will see a judge decide Strauss-Khan's own bail terms, rumored to be in the region of $1 million.
The sordid sex allegations concern his stay at the Time Square Sofitel where a 32 year-old chambermaid's attack claims are being probed.
Strauss-Khan very nearly lost his IMF position in 2008 over nepotism allegations concerning a secret mistress 'promoted way above her natural pay-scale'.
His long-suffering wife, French TV personality Anne Sinclair, is rumored to have been standing beside her errant spouse amid plans for him to run for the French Presidency.
"All that could now change, of course," a member of President Nicholas Sarkozy's inner circle said today.
Carla Bruni is cock-a-hoop.